W Hotels debuts in France

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has expanded into France with the debut of the W Hotels brand and the opening of W Paris – Opéra. Owned by Barcelona-based Meridia Capital, the hotel is set inside a historic 1870s Haussman-era heritage building near Opéra Garnier, Galeries Lafayette and Place Vendome in the eclectic, historic 9th Arrondissement in Paris. The opening of W Paris – Opéra marks a significant milestone in the W brand’s global expansion as it gears to enter Singapore, Thailand and China later this year. W Paris – Opéra features 91 guest rooms, including 20 suites and two Extreme WOW Suites (W’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite). The hotel’s signature restaurant, Arola, marks the debut of Michelin-starred chef, Sergi Arola in France. Amenities include a SWEAT fitness centre, as well as stylish meeting and event spaces. (